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ED 622: Research in Education: Evaluating Sources

Something to Think About

The evaluation tool introduced here is designed to be used with all types of resources. You  constantly need to be asking yourself the questions in the evaluation, regardless of the format of the material. We do put more emphasis on evaluating web sources, but each source you are going to use in your work should be evaluated with a critical eye. Don't just take what is written at face value; think about it.

CRAAP Evaluation

Sample CRAAP Evaluations

The following document includes examples of how you could write out a CRAAP evaluation or annotation. The two sources in this example are being considered for a paper about information literacy in high schools and how those skills potentially transfer to college. 


Evaluation Criteria

Currency: The timeliness of the information

Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs

Authority: The source of the information

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness and correctness of the content

Purpose: The reason the information exists